Never since World War II started has there been less gun-firing and more tongue-clattering than last week. One after another, high-calibre speechmakers like Hermann Göring, Adolf Hitler, George VI, Albert Lebrun, Georgi Dimitroff, Clement Attlee, the Pope, Viscount Halifax, the King of the Belgians, the Queen of The Netherlands, Neville Chamberlain plus generals, dopesters and yes-men sounded off, until old David Lloyd George complained that you did not ask who was winning the war nowadays, but who had said what.

Out-talkingest of them all was Britain's First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill, who, having given a full explanation of...

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